Christmas Wreath Cookies are super cute and only call for 6 ingredients. This no bake treat is so festive for your holiday cookie tray.

Platter of wreath cookies.
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The entire family will enjoy these tasty and pretty Christmas wreath cookies. These little treats not only look adorable but taste heavenly.

The combination of cornflakes, marshmallows and more will have everyone coming back for another cookie. They also look stunning displayed on the dessert table.

These Christmas treats are absolutely irresistible and one of the easiest Christmas desserts to make. The kids also also make Shortbread Cookies and Christmas No Bake Cookies every Christmas.

Why You Will Love This Recipe:

  • Minimum Ingredients. With only 6 ingredients, it is so simple to make.
  • Perfect for cookie exchanges. This cookie is so festive in wreath shapes.
  • Sweet and Salty. The combination is so delicious.


Ingredients for recipe: cornflakes, butter, red hots, marshmallows, vanilla, green gel food coloring.
  • Cornflakes Cereal
  • Butter 
  • Mini Marshmallows 
  • Green Gel Food Coloring
  • Cinnamon Candies

Scroll to the bottom of the post and find the complete list of ingredients and instructions.


  • Cereal. You can substitute frosted flakes for the corn flakes but it would make the cookies sweeter. Another option is Rice Krispy treats.
  • Candy. If you do not like red hot candy, substitute red mini M&M’s instead.
  • Sprinkles. Top the cookies with sprinkles if you are feeling extra festive.
  • Candy Bows. You can use peel-and-pull Twizzlers to make a festive bow for each wreath. This would add a special touch to the Christmas treats.

How to make Christmas wreath cookies

  • Step 1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or wax paper. Set aside for later.
Bowl of mini marshmallows and butter ready to be melted.

Step 2. Get out a large microwave-safe bowl and add the marshmallows and melt the butter. Microwave the marshmallows and butter in 30-second intervals. Once combined, add the vanilla extract. 

Green food coloring added to the mixing bowl.

Step 3. Then add the green gel food coloring to the mixture until it is a bright vibrant green color. Add more green food color if needed.

Cornflake mixture in mixing bowl.

Step 4. Add the cornflakes cereal and combine until it is well coated with the melted marshmallow mixture. 

Wreath shapes on baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Step 5. Scoop a spoonful of the cornflake mixture on the baking sheet.  It will be sticky so spray your fingers with cooking spray and use your hands to make a hole in the center of each cornflake scoop.

Step 6. Once you form the wreath, add the red hots to decorate the wreath. 

Step 7. Let cool and allow to set until the cookies are firm. If you are in a rush, place the wreaths in the fridge to help them set faster.

Platter of wreath cookies with twp wreath cookies in front.

Tips and Tricks

  • Prepare the baking sheet. These are sticky so it is necessary to line baking sheets with wax paper. This will make cleanup much easier.
  • Gel food coloring is best. Gel food coloring will result in the most vibrant color. I definitely suggest using that to make the cornflake wreaths a gorgeous green color.
  • Coat your hands. If you do not want to use cooking spray on your hands, you can rub butter all over your hands prior to shaping the wreaths.
  • Adjust the food coloring. Make sure that you do not skimp on food coloring. You want a rich dark color and not light green. You can add more until you get to the desired shade.
  • Add the candy immediately. Place the red candy on the wreaths immediately so they stick.
  • Make the shapes with cookie cutters. Sometimes it can be hard to form the wreaths by hand. If you have difficulty, use a cookie cutter or biscuit cutter.

    Just spray with cooking spray and fill with the cornflake mixture. Either use your finger or the end of a wooden spoon to make the hole.

Frequently Asked Questions

How to store Cornflake Christmas wreath cookies?

Store the leftovers at room temperature in an air tight container for up to 1 week.  I suggest using parchment paper in between the layers so they won’t stick to each other.

This will also help to keep them intact and each wreath in good shape.

Can you freeze wreath cookies?

Yes, you can. They will keep up to 4 to 6 weeks in the freezer. Just make sure to store inside an airtight container.

Also, put wax paper in between each layer of cookies. When you are ready to eat, allow the cookies to thaw and come to room temperature.

Make these ahead of time to serve for Christmas or holiday parties. You will love how convenient it is to freeze them and serve later.

More easy Christmas cookies:

I am so excited for you to make these with the kids. Please leave a comment once you do!

Christmas Wreath Cookies

4.75 from 16 votes
Christmas Wreath Cookies are super cute and only call for 6 ingredients. This no bake treat is so festive and fun to make.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 12
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Calories 155


  • 4 cups Cornflakes Cereal
  • 1/2 cup Butter
  • 4 cups Mini Marshmallows
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • Green Gel Food Coloring
  • Cinnamon Red Hot Candies
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  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or wax paper.
  • Place the marshmallows and butter in a large microwave safe bowl.  Then microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring between each interval until the mixture is completely melted and well combined. Then stir in the vanilla extract.
  • Add in the green gel food coloring until you receive a bright vibrant green color.
  • Gently stir in the cornflakes cereal until the cereal is well coated with the marshmallow mixture.
  • Then scoop spoonfuls of the mixture into the baking sheet.  Then spray your fingers with a non-stick cooking spray and use your hands to form a hole in center of each clump to form a wreath shop.
  • Use the red hots to decorate the wreath.
  • Then allow them to cool completely until the cookies are firm and then serve!

Nutrition Facts

Calories 155kcal, Carbohydrates 21g, Protein 1g, Fat 8g, Saturated Fat 5g, Polyunsaturated Fat 1g, Monounsaturated Fat 2g, Trans Fat 1g, Cholesterol 20mg, Sodium 149mg, Potassium 19mg, Fiber 1g, Sugar 11g, Vitamin A 403IU, Vitamin C 2mg, Calcium 3mg, Iron 3mg

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